Jackson, MS – April 18, 2017 – This month, more than 1,000 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners are expected to “make change happen” as they volunteer at twelve projects across Jackson, Miss., on the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event.
Volunteers will landscape, paint and help beatify to support such organizations as:
- Spann Elementary School
- Our Daily Bread Ministries
- Community Rescue and Adoption, Inc. (CARA)
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mississippi
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is grateful to receive Comcast’s support again this year,” said Penney King, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. “Comcast Cares Day has truly helped impact the lives of over 5,000 area youth during the last three years.”
“We are so grateful for Comcast’s support over the years, and to their unwavering commitment toward our Mississippi youth,” said Chris Burkett, Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mississippi.
“On behalf of the CARA Board of Directors, staff and all our animals, I would like to express how excited we are that Comcast has selected our shelter this year to be a part of Comcast Cares Day,” said Denise Cantrell, CARA Executive Director.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.
“These organizations that we are supporting during Comcast Cares Day have been critical to the Jackson community over the years,” said Ronnie Colvin, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Comcast. “We are thrilled to once again work closely with our community partners to make a true difference this year.”
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profits who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
Additional volunteers are encouraged to register for a project.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
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